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Tech You Don’t Need for Back to School

Dorm rooms are cramped and college is expensive. Here’s how to conserve space and money without sacrificing your technology needs when you head back to school. August 3, 2018 7:00AM EST August 3, 2018 PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Preparing for college can be stressful and expensive. When gearing up for their first semester, students have a lot to think about—living on their own for the…

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MSI GT75 Titan 8RG Review & Rating

The MSI GT75 Titan 8RG is one of the biggest, baddest gaming notebooks money can buy. This 17.3-inch behemoth (starts at $2,799, $3,999 as tested) is a Pentagon-grade arsenal of the latest technology, packing desktop-level power into a hulking 2.2-inch-thick, 10.1-pound chassis (not counting the twin—yes, two—230-watt power adapters). Chart-topping performance, a 120Hz G-Sync display, and a per-key RGB backlit mechanical keyboard are its marquee features. The GT75 offers just about everything except reasonable portability and long battery life. Just…

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Asus ROG Strix Hero II Review & Rating

Asus won us over with its ROG Strix Hero Edition earlier this year, so color us surprised that the computer maker released a sudden follow-up to its MOBA-centric gaming laptop called, simply, the ROG Strix Hero II ($1,699.99, as tested). This new model packs a thin-bezel 144Hz screen and a full-power Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics processor, as opposed to one of the tempered Max-Q modules popping up in some laptops of this stripe. Topping off the changes: Intel’s eighth-generation…

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Asus VivoBook F510UA Review & Rating

The cheap 15-inch laptop is a rare breed. Most budget models place screen real estate on the sacrificial altar—offering 11- or 12-inch displays—in their effort to hit a low price point. And granted, the 15.6-inch Asus VivoBook F510UA ($599.99) doesn’t technically meet our definition of a budget laptop—it’s above our $500 limit—but it comes too close to call it anything else. The VivoBook F510UA dazzles with a stylish design and eighth-generation Intel Core i5 performance. We just wish its battery…

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Asus VivoBook Flip 14 (TP401CA) Review & Rating

The Asus VivoBook Flip 14 (starts at $399.99; $499.99 as tested) oozes style for a budget convertible. In clamshell-laptop mode, the thin, flat, aluminum design will turn heads, and that thinness makes it feel fairly natural as an oversize tablet. Backed by a Core m3 processor and eMMC flash storage, our test configuration rests near the budget end of the Flip 14 lineup. The good news about this component pairing is that the Flip 14 can run all day and…

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Apple Confirms 2018 MacBook Pro CPU Throttling, Issues Fix | News & Opinion

A software problem is preventing the processors in several models of new Apple MacBook Pros from operating at their full clock speed under some heavy workloads, Apple confirmed on Tuesday. The company is rolling out an operating system update that it says will correct the issue, which affects the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros unveiled earlier this month. These new models have more powerful four- or six-core Intel Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 processors that generate significant heat…

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Acer Predator Helios 300 (2018, 15-Inch) Review & Rating

Don’t want to—or can’t afford to—shell out kilobucks on a gaming laptop? Today’s midrange GeForce-based models fill that void. Among them: Acer’s Predator Helios 300 (starting at $1,099.99; $1,299.99 as tested, in its 15-inch version), built around muscular Intel “Coffee Lake” eighth-generation CPUs. It’s designed for speed, whether for casual rounds of Fortnite or pushing your machine to its limit by tethering it to a virtual reality (VR) headset. With its GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, the Helios 300 will run…

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TSA’s New Scanner Lets Laptops Stay in Bags

Having to remove liquids and personal electronics from your bag when going through airport security is frustrating and time consuming, but it might not be required for much longer as the TSA is testing a 3D scanner at JFK airport. I’m sure most of you would agree that the worst part about catching a flight is the security checks required before you can board the plane. Everybody understands why they happen, but we’d much prefer to do it without removing…

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EU Hits Asus With $74M Fine for Laptop Price-Fixing | News & Opinion

Asus threatened to pull supplies from any online retailers caught selling company hardware below a certain price, the European Commission said. The price fixing occurred in Germany and France between 2011 and 2014. PC maker Asus is facing a $74 million fine in Europe for threatening to withhold inventory from online retailers that sold Asus products at a discount. On Tuesday, the European Commission levied fines against Asus and three other electronics makers—Phillips, Pioneer, and Denon & Marantz—for price-fixing in…

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HP EliteBook 840 G5 Review & Rating

The 14-inch business laptop segment is one of the most competitive in the PC market. At the top are glamorous models like the HDR-screened version of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the new Huawei MateBook X Pro. Below are workhorse systems like the ThinkPad T470 and T480, and Dell’s Latitude 5490 and 7490. Position HP’s EliteBook 840 G5 between those two camps. (It starts at $1,199; our test model is $1,835.) This highly IT-manageable, spiffy-looking machine has its charms,…

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